18 7 / 2014

"Never underestimate the power of being a woman, never underestimate the power of being a Zeta, and never be surprised when greatness is expected of you."

Deb Ensor, the executive director of Zeta Tau Alpha who recently lost her battle with ovarian cancer.

She’s the woman who put us on social probation (more than once) and the one who always made sure our reports were filed on time. Her name may have been met with fear, but she dedicated her life to building a sisterhood I am proud of and grateful for. Thank you for everything, Deb.

22 6 / 2014

#ibelievethatwewillwin

#ibelievethatwewillwin

14 6 / 2014

Photos before mom’s wedding.  (at Lakewood Lakes)

Photos before mom’s wedding. (at Lakewood Lakes)

07 6 / 2014

Tailgating before the England game!  (at Sun Life Stadium)

Tailgating before the England game! (at Sun Life Stadium)

04 6 / 2014

Drive By Truckers (at culture room)

Drive By Truckers (at culture room)

27 5 / 2014

"Very little of value in the world is done by people who are not obnoxious."

Malcolm Gladwell

14 5 / 2014

at Rockefeller Center

at Rockefeller Center

10 5 / 2014

#scherbst51014  (at Holy Infant Catholic Church)

#scherbst51014 (at Holy Infant Catholic Church)

09 5 / 2014

My favorite big cousin is getting married tomorrow! The first Schallom to give up the name. Xoxo  (at Pastaria)

My favorite big cousin is getting married tomorrow! The first Schallom to give up the name. Xoxo (at Pastaria)

09 5 / 2014

Happy graduation to the most overlooked Schallom of the weekend. So proud of you!  (at Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis)

Happy graduation to the most overlooked Schallom of the weekend. So proud of you! (at Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis)

05 5 / 2014

A couple of Sun Sentinel projects have received awards recently.

Our Sex Predators Unleashed project was a finalist in the Multiplatform category of IRE, a finalist in the Sunshine State awards in the online platform category and took first place in the Green Eyeshade Awards in both the Public Service in Online Journalism and Digital Media Presentation categories. 

Our Cops, Cash, Cocaine project took the Best of Division (Print), first place in courts and the law reporting and second place in investigative reporting in the Green Eyeshade Awards. 

I’m so grateful to have been a part of these wonderful projects! 

01 5 / 2014

Vampire Weekend was everything I thought they’d be. (at The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater)

Vampire Weekend was everything I thought they’d be. (at The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater)

27 4 / 2014

Grilling & watching the game outside :)  (at City View)

Grilling & watching the game outside :) (at City View)

26 4 / 2014

That time my 6’9” boyfriend needed the pants shortened. This place is a magical kingdom of suits.  (at Austin Burke Wholesalers Outlet)

That time my 6’9” boyfriend needed the pants shortened. This place is a magical kingdom of suits. (at Austin Burke Wholesalers Outlet)

21 4 / 2014

This weekend I attended Chicas Poderosas Miami, and I was not happy. I wanted a workshop environment. I wanted more training. I wanted to stop talking about feelings and start looking at code. 

I was so used to journalism school, structured workshops and big conferences that I struggled with the structure and flow of Chicas. But late last night I realized that those traditional training methods have failed. There are not enough women working in media technology, and Mariana Santos had the guts to try something new. 

New things aren’t perfect, but they are usually on the right track. As the groups presented their projects, dozens of women were smiling and engaged. Even if one third of these women continue their journey into digital work, it will be more women working in media technology than before. That would be a success. 

I thought Chicas would be arming women with the skills to combine journalism and technology, but what it did instead was create a community. It created a place where failure was okay and asking questions was encouraged. If that’s what gets more strong and talented women involved in media technology, then that’s all that matters. Now that I’ve had time to digest and reflect, I am looking forward to seeing how the organization grows and empowers women. 

And lastly, it taught me that you shouldn’t judge something when you’re exhausted, mentally drained and out of your comfort zone. Even for us super type-A women, Chicas had a message.